- Publisher: guardianbooks; 1st Edition edition (2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0852650922
- ISBN-13: 978-0852650929
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.2 x 18.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 564,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A World Without Bees Hardcover – 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
The authors have been very disciplined in producing a really worthwhile book; it is almost perfectly objective, and therefore above cheap criticism. They have worked immensely hard to source a huge amount of sound material, and they have taken the trouble to understand it thoroughly before using it in their book. And the mystery at issue is no less than how terrifyingly detached from truth we are becoming, and how little we now understand our own misery and poverty of life in the midst of all our illusion of ease; how deprived of reality we have already become.
Read it! In the morning, the evening, on the train, in the bath, but read it. It is more real than most other stuff you will find on printed paper or glowing on a monitor any day of the year.
A highly fluid text, the shocking truth on bees, their health and the commercial beekeeping occupation is easily read. Benjamin and McCallum cover all corners of the beekeeping globe, and all the problems, innovations, opinions and possible solutions to the flight of the bee from their homes in the latest epidemic - Colony Collapse Disorder.
In the book, the writers show the ancient and continuing importance of bees to humans, exemplified in their inclusion of such prominent people's words on the fuzzy fellows and cultures, such as Aristotle, the Egyptians, Pliny the Elder, the Aztecs, Anglo-Saxon feudal lords, medieval Russia and Britain, Christianity and the Pilgrim Fathers to name but a few.
The co-authors also show that the bee and its hierarchy have been used to justify and explain feudalism, parliamentary rule, the French Revolution and industrialisation. (The last being one reason why we've chosen to start a project on trying to save bees since it is the symbol of Manchester, where industrialisation began, and where you can see bees in our neo-Gothic town hall and on our bollards.)
But they also get down to the nitty-gritty, interviewing scientists and beekeepers from all over the world and all walks of life, looking at the evidence and trying to evaluate what is happening. We start in California's almond orchards that stretch millions of miles across (and today happens to be Almond Day in the USA, coincidentally).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is brilliant, i used it for my dissertation on campaigning for the bee. The book is full of information on how important the bee is and what would happen if the world... Read morePublished 11 months ago by ellie illing
An interesting read very informative although a bit of a long readPublished on 7 Nov. 2014 by Amazon Customer
Great book. Alison writes many informative articles for the Guardian, and reflects the desperate plight of the honey bee. Read morePublished on 27 Nov. 2013 by John S Bell
Although not quite through reading all the book it has delivered a serious wake up message to all who choose to read it. Read morePublished on 2 Mar. 2013 by Mr. M. C. Desmond
This book hypes up the dangers to bees inappropriately. It has lead to people all over the UK thinking bees are in danger here, when they aren't. Read morePublished on 10 Oct. 2012 by Rufus
I expected this book to be informative, which it was. However, it was so repetitive that I couldn't wait to finish it. Read morePublished on 17 Aug. 2011 by MumH
`A World Without Bees' is a fascinating and timely book exploring the possible reasons behind the massive decline of the western honeybee over recent years. Read morePublished on 4 Mar. 2011 by Miss E. Potten